May 23, 2017

Fellowship Program

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education

The American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution is proud to announce an exciting Fellowship program for young professionals committed to making a lasting contribution to the field of dispute resolution.

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is the premier group within the ABA that addresses the policy and practice of dispute resolution. This fellowship program aims to support young professionals as they embark on or advance a career in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Each Fellow will receive the following as part of a comprehensive one-year immersion program:

  • Meaningful professional opportunities around speaking, publishing, and mentorship;
  • Free access to all Section webinars for one year, including CLEs;
  • A subsidized trip to the Section’s Spring Conference, where each Fellow will be recognized for his/her achievements; and
  • Priceless opportunities to connect and work with Section leadership

Fellows will be expected to leverage their Fellowship to present webinars and panels, publish in the Section's magazine or e-newsletter, organize and host Mediation Week events, and serve as judges in the Section’s various competitions.

For those young professionals looking to jump-start their ADR careers, this Fellowship offers unparalleled access to the profession.

All Fellowship applicants must be members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution.  Membership to the Dispute Resolution Section is open to attorneys and non-attorneys (called Associates) alike, and brings with it considerable access to the profession. 

All applicants must also be young professionals, having graduated with a legal or dispute resolution-related degree within five years of applying for the Fellowship.

The Section will award two (2) Fellowships, and each will last for a one-year term.  Fellows will be selected based on comprehensive criteria that will holistically consider each application. The Section especially welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Selections will be made by September 15, 2017.

To submit an application:

  1. Fill out this application.
  2. Email a copy of the application and your resume to


Please provide a current resume or CV along with your application. Please include any past ADR experience or training. 

Additional Dispute Resolution Materials

Candidates are welcome to submit additional materials, such as links to social media, relevant publications and writing samples, and dispute resolution videos. Please only use this as an opportunity to submit dispute resolution-related materials that would assist the Selection Committee in rendering a decision on this Fellowship.

Deadline to submit applications: August 1, 2017

The ABA-Dispute Resolution Section is excited to announce the selection of its inaugural Fellowship in Dispute Resolution class:  Brittney Alls, Michael Aurit, Bryan Banon, Jory Canfield, and Brian Farkas.  These five individuals bring rich experience and passion to our field, and represent the diversity of ADR careers one can have. 

The Fellowship in Dispute Resolution is designed to support the growth of young professionals in the ADR field. We recognize the growing trend of young professionals venturing to establish themselves in ADR early on in their careers and the difficulties they often face doing so.  The fellowship is designed to provide unparralled support and opportunities to enhance their work and open doors to additional opportunities and networks.